Venetian Snares
Detrimentalist


3.5
great

Review

by Tyler Fisher EMERITUS
June 26th, 2008 | 16 replies | 31,605 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a Venetian Snares album. At this point, that's a gift and a curse.

I can’t imagine being Aaron Funk. He’s released 18 full length albums in 10 years, not to mention 16 other singles and EPs, and seemingly hasn’t broken a sweat, since he’s been using the same formula every time and his fans continue to eat up his material. Even through such an extensive back catalog that undoubtedly few have listened to, Detrimentalist seems about as close to a summation of his career as possible. Even in song titles, it ranges from the normal “Gentlemen” to the bizarre, non-sensical “Bebikukorica Nigiri” to the comical “Poo Yourself Jason.” Yet what is most notable about Aaron Funk’s prolific ability is the complicated nature of his music. With complicated time signatures and rhythms that would look absolutely ridiculous on paper, it seems as if the music just flows out of him, and his natural ability for this breakcore style is what sets him apart from his contemporaries.

And at album #18, Detrimentalist sounds as fresh and new as always. Indeed, there is something new, something more refined about the music here. The cohesion of the album is perhaps the best of his career, as “Gentlemen” features a nice introduction to the mindset of Venetian Snares with the vocal sample “Wasn’t you the type that mimic what you saw on TV?/Wasn’t you the type that mimic what you heard on CD?/You never wanted to work; you wanted everything easy/You heard Venetian Snares, you said…” A variety of responses follows that line, such as “that’s me, easy” and “that’s freaky”, perhaps mimicking the variety of responses that his music conjures. The end of the album offers a slight break from the machine-gun pace of the album with more melodic material, a brief allusion to his more classical material on Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett, not necessarily in compositional style but in prioritizing the material in the song. His beats take a backseat to the melodies, especially in “Miss Balaton.” There’s also a new sense of simplicity that make the complicated moments all the more exciting. “Koonut-Kaliffee” begins with rather simple beats for Venetian Snares, but slowly, the song gets more and more complicated and twisted as the vocal samples intensify.

For the most part, however, Detrimentalist is simply more Venetian Snares, and many of the songs will fall right in line with the rest of his back catalog. It’s more of the broken beats at warp speed, the twisted sense that everything is spinning and chaos could break loose at any moment. The commanding sense of control, however, keeps everything in check. On Detrimentalist, Funk loses some of the more complex time signatures and lets the songs groove more often. At points, the songs might even be danceable for a meth addict. And while the music is indeed the same Venetian Snares we know and love, his sound is still a fresh one simply because few can even compete with him in his mixture of accessibility, complexity, and musicality.

Still, after 18 albums, I think it’s fair to ask for something new. I wouldn’t mind a Venetian Snares dance album. Before his style becomes old hat, he needs some change in his sound – perhaps a new influence, like when he introduce his classical tastes in Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett. Many consider that to be his crowning achievement. For newcomers, however, Detrimentalist might be the best introduction to his sound because of its cohesion and overall quality. By no means is this album bad, it’s just the same, and quite simply, sameness gets boring.



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joshuatree
Emeritus
June 26th 2008



3743 Comments


Damn good review, I've been looking to get some stuff from this guy.

gmoneyguy
June 26th 2008



108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would put this album in with his better albums.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
June 26th 2008



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tried to clarify that with this: "his sound is still a fresh one simply because few can
even compete with him in his mixture of accessibility, complexity, and musicality."
I'm saying that while he's been doing it for so long, no one else has, or at least no
one has matched his qualityThis Message Edited On 06.26.08

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 26th 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't agree with you in terms of the staleness of his new sound. I'll admit that Cavalcade... and his EPs are getting redundant considering is back catalogue, but he's never been more experimental considering the post-tonal albums and the dub, reggae, and drumnbass seamlessly integrated into his older style. I'm impressed.

Mikesn
Emeritus
June 26th 2008



3709 Comments


I'll have to look into this, great review.

ValiumMan
June 28th 2008



493 Comments


"his sound is still a fresh one simply because few can
even compete with him in his mixture of accessibility, complexity, and musicality."
I'm saying that while he's been doing it for so long, no one else has, or at least no
one has matched his quality

Aphex Twin.


DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 30th 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aphex Twin cannot touch Funk. Sorry. Richard James is hit and miss. Even when Funk misses, the work is detailed enough to mask the subpar songwriting. James has no such luxury.

RunAmokRampant
July 7th 2008



228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Funk is breakbeatin it up again. This guy is ridiculously prolific.

2muchket!
July 19th 2008



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually really like this

brandtweathers
October 29th 2008



2007 Comments


awesome avatar frankie

Aphex Twin cannot touch Funk. Sorry. Richard James is hit and miss. Even when Funk misses, the work is detailed enough to mask the subpar songwriting. James has no such luxury.
brass comment but that shouldn't be a shock to me anymoreThis Message Edited On 10.29.08

MassiveAttack
July 1st 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its too bad Funk doesn't utilize his mix of breakcore and ambient like he does "Miss Balaton" more its just fantastic. I like this more than most of his other work (majority of it that is). Great review sums up this very nicely, the samples make the album a bit different then his usual stuff.

Sabottheory
February 4th 2010



355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't think it's fair to compare Aphex Twin and Venetian Snares, as they aren't really that similar. (I love both of them)

Enotron
February 22nd 2010



7695 Comments


Venetian Snares isn't nearly as good as AFX.

Slipping Away
April 25th 2010



1261 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You can't really compare the two because they belong to completely different genres, they're both great in their own right though

LiNaK37
June 8th 2011



20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Err... can't rate this properly, too good for a 3.5 yet not good enough for a 4.

roverspun
February 7th 2013



18 Comments


That's how I feel about it... 3.5 seems safer. Sajtban is terrific though.



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